Kamala Harris stops at Pearl Harbor on way back from Asia -- but avoids press questions

But the vice president ignored 記者’ questions – whether about アフガニスタン or other topics – as she got off Air Force Two for a stop at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

She also blocked reporters from attending her planned address to U.S. stationed at the base, 報告によると.

The Pearl Harbor stop had been scheduled prior to Thursday’s terrorist attack at the Kabul airport that killed at least 13 我ら. service members and dozens of Afghans. アン Islamic State group affiliate claimed responsibility for the attack.

攻撃後, reporters traveling with Harris learned her Hawaii visit with the troops would be closed to the press.

The VP’s staff informed the pool during the flight that her event with troops at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam would now be closed press,” the White House press pool said, ワシントン・エグザミナーによると. “No explanation given by the VP’s team for why it has been changed to closed press when asked by a member of the pool.

Harris also canceled a campaign rally scheduled for Friday in California with Democratic Gov. ギャビン・ニューサム, who faces a recall election next month, likely over the optics of attending a political event after a deadly terrorist attack.

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代わりに, she and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff, who greeted Harris in Hawaii, flew directly back to Washington on Thursday – again without taking questions from reporters as she boarded Air Force Two.

Harris had flown to Pearl Harbor following a sweep through Southeast Asia this week.

我ら. Vice President Kamala Harris boards Air Force Two to return to Washington from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, ハワイ, 木曜日, 8月. 26, 2021. (AP通信)

我ら. Vice President Kamala Harris boards Air Force Two to return to Washington from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, ハワイ, 木曜日, 8月. 26, 2021. (AP通信)

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